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Making a Branding Iron for Antique Furniture

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Today I received a commission to make a branding iron for an antique furniture dealer. He does a lot of restoration work, mostly antique wooden furniture, and wants to put his name on his work, which is an honourable thing.
I am thinking of making an oval cup with a flat bottom in steel and hard punching the text in the bottom. Then pouring molten copper into the cup, and afterwards mounting the copper blob onto a steel backing plate with a long handle. That way he can heat the copper part with a torch.
Anybody got any experience in such a thing?
Will the copper maybe stick to the steel mould?

I would appriciate any advice, thanks!


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